Friday, February 18, 2011
Day 2 From Glendale
Under cool conditions and overcast skies, White Sox pitchers and catchers took to the practice fields for Day 2 of playing catch and covering first base.
After half of the pitchers threw yesterday, the second half threw today.
“You can see the difference between yesterday and today,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told the media after the workout. “Yesterday, the veterans were just getting loose. Today, some of the young kids were airing it out, throwing gas. I liked some of the arms, but we have to wait until games begin to see what we have.”
Guillen pointed out that the first 10 games of spring training don’t mean too much because most players are just trying to get in shape and are not focused on competition or making the team that early in the spring.
When asked if he knew yet whether the Sox would go with 11 or 12 pitchers, Guillen winced.
“That’s the hardest thing to do as a manager or general manager,” Guillen said. “All spring training comes down to 2-3 roster spots.”
Guillen said that his optimism and enthusiasm for the upcoming season really doesn’t amount to much.
“It’s not what I think, fans think, or the front office thinks,” he stressed. “It’s all about the players, what they think and their enthusiasm.”
And finally, Guillen was asked about his expectations for the 2011 “Go-Go” Sox:
“I want to have speed at the top and the bottom because in the middle we’re very slow.”
Free agent acquisition Adam Dunn arrived in camp today with his young son in tow.